Fall Upkeep Endeavors for New Homeowners in Oklahoma City

New Homeowners - MovingBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Great job--you're a new homeowner!
 

Now that the movers have gone, and you are legitimately a homeowner, as opposed to phoning your landlord if the furnace goes on the blink, or perhaps the roof drips, guess who has to make it better? That's right--you do. Odds are very good that modest detail was disregarded in all your excitement about moving to Oklahoma City as well as new things (which perhaps contained a leaf blower), but now that fall is really around the corner, you should get your new home prepared for chilly weather. There's no need to worry, merely abide by these helpful hacks and you will be ready for chestnuts roasting on an open fire straight away.

Furnace

As much as you enjoy having AC in the summer, no matter if it breaks down for several days you are able to carry on. When your furnace has a winter break, especially if it is within the center of a "weather event", your actual survival could be on the line.

Taking a look at your furnace tops the to-do list. If you are a bright home buyer, and you are, then you had the HVAC examined prior to when you closed on the house. You may have confidence that the mechanics are in good working order, but you should do these basic things a minimum of every year. 

  • Replace filters--you need to change your filters every 90 days, unless you have a permanent one. If that's the case, dismantle it and wash it on the same timetable.
  • Check that the vents are open and remove any debris from the unit--a leaf blower does a great job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they conserve a good amount of energy as they are set up to automatically reset during the day. 

Roof

Safety first--before you get on the roof in Oklahoma City, make sure you possess the proper ladder along with a wingman to hold the ladder and also catch you should you stumble--or at the very least call Emergency services. Or, use a roofing contractor to come clear the debris and clean the gutters.

For everybody who is positive you can get up there and back again safely, here is what you need to do. 

  • Clear away any tree branches or other debris which might be up there.
  • Clean up the rain gutters. Stopped up gutters cause more roof damage than the snow, wind, and rain--if the water can't circulate cleanly through, pooling water results in leaks. Pooling water that freezes seeps into roof shingles and will allow your roof to leak quicker. The leaf blower is pretty suitable for gutter maintenance, too. Buying a clog-free gutter system is a wise idea if you have a wooded lot. 

Doors and Windows

If your residence has newer, energy-efficient doors and windows, clear the clutter from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is neat and tidy. This is an excellent task for a breezy day--it is less difficult to tell if there are spaces when you can actually feel the air flow. In the event the weather-stripping is degrading, replace it--it really is inexpensive and available in several colors from home improvement merchants.

If you have older windows with screens, remove the screens and replace them with storm windows. The storms are heavier glass which help retain heat.

Chimney

Just as before, given that you have only recently bought the residence, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace should be in decent condition. It is always a smart idea to check for any clutter which is dropped in, in addition to smaller sized animals which may have thought they would nest there. You don't want the initial roaring fire to be enhanced with eau de chipmunk.

Outdoor Furniture

The way you take care of your outside living spaces will depend greatly on where you reside. In certain areas, you can utilize your patio year 'round; in others you have to commence buttoning up by early Fall. If harsh weather conditions are normal, cover your furniture or carry it inside to the garage or basement, and cover grills, also. Plastic playthings (playhouses, sandboxes) require shelter, so cover up all those as well--it is good to have those outside for sunny times when the kids really need to get outside the house.

Congratulations on transforming into a home owner in Oklahoma City, and in case you do not presently have a leaf blower, get one. It is the best tool imaginable for house upkeep.

And, if you wish to become a new homeowner and need help moving in Oklahoma City, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call!!

 

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